Indiana University’s Marching Hundred is closer to a permanent home after a $500,000 donation from Cook Group Inc. The Marching Hundred Hall will serve as the new practice and storage facility for the band.
IU Assistant Director of Bands Erick Smedley says the new facility will offer the band a place to call home.
“First of all the heart of the facility is the Marching Hundred Hall will be used for the band room we’ll use for our music rehearsals. That will be at the heart of the facility a very large room that can house up to 300 or more playing musicians inside of it that’s really the greatest thing,” Smedley says.
IU Marching Hundred band member Nathan Pratt says the facility will offer better opportunities for future band members.
“The Marching Hundred hasn’t really had a permanent home since the early 1980s. It would be nice to have a good facility, good rehearsal facility that would be in line with what other facilities in the Big Ten have,” he says.
IU Music Education Major Kristina La Marca says having the new facility will also give the band options to practice on their own schedule. She say their current practice grounds at the Assembly Hall parking lot has been difficult.
“Marching on pavement is really hard for your legs. Because we do high steps, it can be bad for your health, and I ended up with stress fractures in both my legs because we march on pavement,” La Marca says.
IU plans to break ground once it has raised 80 percent of the required $4.5 million for the facility. It has raised $2.6 million so far.
Donations have come from private donors including Dora and Col. Jack I. Hamlin, who pledged $1 million last year, as well as the Cook Group.